Chicago Post-Conviction Relief Attorney

Just because you were convicted of a crime doesn’t mean that your conviction must forever haunt employment background checks, stop you from becoming a U.S. citizen or remain a deportation threat.

There is no reason to let a youthful mistake, misunderstanding, past criminal record—or especially a criminal identity theft—be a barrier to future opportunities. Many options of post-conviction relief are available to help you, even after you have served time, finished probation, or paid your fines. Relief is critical for clearing the records of victims of criminal identity theft.

Through post-conviction proceedings, the Law Offices of Jonathan Minkus can attempt to lessen the negative consequences of having been convicted of a crime. Your background may be used against you in rental matters, employment and education opportunities, by Immigration and Naturalization—and even socially.

Contact us at (847) 966-0300 for a FREE, confidential, initial consultation.

Why Post-Conviction Relief?

Chicago Expungement Lawyer

Illinois Criminal Defense Lawyer Represent Clients in Expungement Cases in Chicago

If you have been charged with a criminal offense or convicted of a crime in Chicago, that criminal record can follow you from job applications to applications for rental apartments or credit. Indeed, criminal offenses ranging from minor misdemeanor drug possession convictions to felony offenses will remain on your criminal record and can have long-term consequences even years after you paid your fine or served a jail term. Whether you ultimately beat the charges you were facing or you served out the terms of your sentence following a conviction, you might be wondering about your options for hiding or removing information about the crime from your record. Generally speaking, Illinois law has two possible ways to get rid of information on a criminal record — through record sealing or expungement.  

While record sealing can be beneficial for preventing public access to your criminal record, expungement is a process that can remove criminal charges and convictions from your record entirely. An experienced Chicago expungement lawyer can provide you with additional information. 

What is Expungement in Chicago? 

Information on your criminal record can be accessed by potential employers, creditors, and other parties without too much difficulty. As a result, a criminal record can continue affecting a person’s life long after the act and even after that person has served out the terms of a sentence. Record sealing and expungement are two ways that you can prevent public access to your criminal record. 

Many misdemeanor and felony offenses can qualify for record sealing in Illinois (including convictions), which is a way of hiding the information on your criminal record. Aside from sex offenses, DUIs, and domestic violence charges, most offenses are eligible for record sealing once a waiting period (typically of two or three years) has passed. Expungement is better than record sealing if you are eligible for expungement. Unlike sealing, expungement in Illinois (20 ILCS 2630/5.2) means that your criminal record will be destroyed—as if it never existed in the first place. In general, expungement is only an option to erase an arrest or charge—not a conviction. However, there are some exceptions.

How do I Seek an Expungement in Chicago?

You can move forward with an expungement application if your criminal record is eligible for expungement. Only certain types of criminal records are eligible for expungement, and the list of eligible offenses is much smaller than the list of offenses that are eligible for record sealing. Under Illinois law, the following kinds of information on criminal records cannot be expunged:

If you are not eligible for expungement, you could still be eligible to have your record sealed. As we noted above, many criminal convictions are eligible for record sealing.

Contact an Expungement Lawyer in Chicago

If you have questions about expungement or record sealing, you should seek advice from a Chicago expungement attorney as soon as you can. Contact the Law Offices of Jonathan Minkus for more information.

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Senior Partner Jonathan Minkus has successfully defended individuals charged with every conceivable criminal offense, from traffic misdemeanors to death-penalty eligible homicides.

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